Sunday’s State League Reserves Cup Semi-Final sees Division One side Mandurah City taking on NPL side Perth SC at Dorrien Gardens. (12.15pm)

Mandurah City won a hard fought Quarter-Final against fellow Division One side Morley Windmills with Joe O’Brien on target in the 1-0 win. Coach Richard Taylor said they knew it would be a tight game.

“We had played them in the league a few weeks prior in a 1-1 draw and I set the team up on the day to combat where I thought they might cause us some problems and was really happy that we executed the game plan,” he said.

“We played well in the second half and to be honest we could and should have scored a couple more goals on the day.”

The Dolphins head north looking to cause a huge upset, but Taylor said all the pressure will be on the home side.

“Saturday’s game is hopefully going to be a good advert for the game as I know Perth like to play football and we like to knock the ball around too,” he explained.

“Perth definitely go into the game as favourites just on pedigree and league position alone but this is the cup, a one off game, I would say there is no real pressure on our young squad on Sunday but we are not just going there to make the numbers up and we fully intend to push Perth all the way.”

Mandurah have unearthed some talent this season. Young Struan Herd has been outstanding in goal, the 19-year-old shows maturity beyond his years, Jacob Headington has loads of experience at senior level, and dictates the tempo that they play, while Joe O’Brien is another young prospect, the 17-year-old has a keen eye for goal.

Perth breezed through the Quarter-Final against Subiaco, but had to endure penalties in Round two at Fremantle City.

“The game against Subiaco, the players were fantastic from the first whistle to the last and produced one of their best performances of the season so far,” Perth Coach Gavin Tait said.

“The game against Fremantle was incredibly close played with a real cup atmosphere down at Hilton Reserve. They got a late equaliser in the last couple of minutes to put the game into a penalty shootout, which was incredibly tense but we managed to win it. All credit to Fremantle who were fantastic on the day.”

Tait knows cup semi-finals are always tense affairs, and knows they will need to be on their game.

“We are all looking forward to the game with Mandurah, we know that both teams league form will count for nothing on the day,” he said.

“We have the upmost respect for Mandurah who have had to earn their place in the semi-finals, just the same as the other teams involved. The players know from their experience against Fremantle that they need to be ready for the challenge.”

Perth has some talented players, the likes of Alex Silla, Kurt Burns, Adam Carlino, Ollie Tate and Brody Walker, have played a major part in their cup run.

*Story courtesy of Footballwa.net